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I was at the Tommy Castro show at the Southgate House and I thought it was a slam dunk! He brings a mix of soul and blues with a band that’s tight and talented. Tommy Castro’s voice reminds me of James Brown, it’s loud and clear with punctuation you can feel. If he ends a line with a period or exclamation mark, you know it. His guitar playing is of the highest order and he demonstrated that during his leads as well as rhythmic R&B fills.
Keith Crossan (20 years playing with Tommy) played tenor sax and Tom Poole played trumpet, the two of them flanking Tommy Castro on the stage doing steps (not really dancing), playing the classic horn accents and tasteful solos throughout the show. Occasionally bass player Scot Sutherland would join the horn players for some understated unison movements (still not dancing – but it was cool). During horn solos Tommy and Scot would do some steps. That’s just good presentation and stage presence. He also had Byron Cage on drums and Tony Stead on keyboards. It’s just a killer band and it shows. You might want to read about these guys, where they’ve been and what they’ve done: http://tommycastro. com/site/ ?page_id= 18
Tommy was interactive with the audience, thanking the crowd and interacting with the ladies up front throughout the night. He played songs from his whole career, some of the early ones that we might not have heard in some time and a good selection from his latest, Hard Believer. He’s entertaining, the whole band is talented and they play well together, and for their part the crowd had fun. It was a great evening and I’ll do it again and again. I’d love to see them headline at the Bluesfest !